(Carpinteria, CA) – With the end of the drought nowhere in sight and after months of legislating on state water conservation, Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) is urging constituents to do their part to protect water resources. Williams is attempting to lead by example, by recently landscaping his own backyard with native and drought tolerant plants and materials. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn how Assemblymember Williams is doing his part to make his home more water sustainable: Watch the video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-lW_DjoUzM
Williams believes that by demonstrating water saving techniques in his own life he can set an example for others. Here are some helpful tips and facts that are presented in the video:
Drought tolerant landscaping and water conservation are important year-round. During times of drought water conservation is especially important, but creating a lifestyle of water savings will result in conservation year-round, even if drought conditions are not present.
Monkey Flower (Mimulus) is an excellent way to add color to an outdoor space without sacrificing water savings. These plants renew continually, so they will keep their color throughout the year.
Planting milkweed (Asclepias) in both native and non-native varieties are highly nutritious for caterpillars, especially those that will become Monarch butterflies. The Monarch population is suffering across California, so planting the drought-tolerant milkweed is a great way to save water and help replenish our butterfly population.
South African Red Fern (Leucadendron) comes in a variety of colors and is a highly drought tolerant plant, making it a great plant for front yards and planter boxes.
White sage (Salvia apiana) The flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other insects. A low maintenance ornamental plant.
To prevent animals from digging up root systems, chicken wire can be used to make small baskets that protect the roots of plants. Pre-made chicken wire baskets can also be purchased at your local hardware store.
Laying down black landscaping fabric before covering an area with mulch will help prevent weeds and allow the soil to retain more moisture during extremely dry periods. Rolls of landscaping fabric can be purchased at most hardware and gardening stores.
Mulch makes for a great ground cover that retains water and prevents weeds. Mulch comes in a variety of colors, allowing for unique styles and low-maintenance ground cover. Free mulch is available to Santa Barbara County residents.
Drainage is crucial! In order to distribute water effectively and avoid flooding during heavy rains, it is important to make sure your drainage system is free of clogs and able to handle rainfall. Placing river stones over drain covers can help prevent debris from clogging drain inlets.
Planting vegetables like arugula and snap peas as part of drought tolerant landscaping is an excellent way to grow food and maintain water savings. Using a drip irrigation system will allow the plants to get just the right amount of moisture without excessive waste.
While thoughtful landscaping is a great way to save water and keep California beautiful throughout the drought, it’s only one of many things residents can do to increase the state’s water sustainability. For other ideas about how to save water throughout your home and in your everyday life, visit http://saveourwater.com/. Save Our Water is a statewide program aimed at helping Californians to reduce everyday water use through conservation ideas, inspiration and tips.